Don’t feel sorry for me – I don’t want to look like everyone else

Gemma wearing orange outfit

When I meet people, especially people older than me, even at a glance, they feel sorry for me. I can tell. I get the sympathetic look, bow of the head or worst still – a pat on the head. People think I’m sad, I’ve got a hard life and it must be so difficult being […]

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Do you want to come to my party? | Access and socialising

Gem holding a wine glass

Ever since I was little my parents have always made sure I was surrounded by friends. Our house would be the place to hang out, have turkey dinosaurs and smiley faces and just generally have a great time. Access wasn’t really something I was thinking about. Even outside of the house – a lot of […]

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To the families I meet with disabled children

Sometimes I forget how privileged I am to be who I am. Some people will be surprised to read this but this is why… I have a disabled community I know who I look to if and when I need. I am ambitious and I am ultimately proud of being disabled. It’s taken years to […]

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Top tips for networking when you’re a wheelchair user

I don’t know if you know this, I LOVE chatting to people. But, I know that networking can be awkward and sometimes I can have moments where I’m cringing and I don’t feel confident enough to be at the said event. When I say networking, that might sound a bit ooh la la. But I […]

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Why I’ve stopped filling in the silence

gem to the side smiling with bag on the back

I’ve said it before, I love small talk. But sometimes I can go too far. When I meet people I give it 100%, whoever it is from someone who’s opening a door for me or a person at the till. I will try to make them laugh, come out with sarcastic jokes and get to […]

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Happy Birthday Dad

To be read in the tune of “when I’m 64” Dads getting older loosing his hair Don’t tell him there’ll be a row Let’s pretend he’s muscly and still looks young Birthday greetings hope you have fun Last week he was out till 11 o clock Then clung to the fridge Can’t drink like you […]

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“Mum, shall a tell ’em am disabled?” | Disability and Employment

Gem in final year at school

Recently I wrote a blog about jobs and careers for the Brittle Bone Society which you can read here. In a nut shell it’s me talking about the fact that I didn’t really see myself having a job, not because I couldn’t do it – but that the world wasn’t set up for me to. […]

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To lean or not to lean? | Disability and Socialising

Gem with Drink in hand

I’m going to put this post out there, just so you can ponder this question yourself. There is no right answer but I know I have mine. Picture the scene – you see me at a networking event, I raise my chair but I’m still lower than everyone there. We say hello but you can’t […]

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What Makes a Good Taxi Driver? | Disability and Travel

Gem in long hotel lobby hallway

*Disclaimer – I had no images of me in a taxi and I’m too shy to take one so I used a random image of me in a hotel lobby instead* Now, I know most of my blogs basically include me moaning about the world whilst trying to see the funny side. But this week […]

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